Woolies says yes to modern mural
ARTISTS have come together with the Douglas Historical Society to create a modern-style historic mural on the exposed wall of the new Woolworths building in Mossman.
After seeing the exposed wall and deciding it was too plain, the society approached Woolworths with a proposal for the mural, who approved the project which utilises a new artform of perforated steel. The new style has been used in places like the Adelaide Zoo and will be located on the Front Street side of the building above the windows, as five panels of 4.8m by 1.5m.
Ken Keith and Pam Willis Burden are coordinating the project and Yalanji Arts and Douglas Art Base will prepare the artwork for the illustrations, with the society providing reference material and photographs.
‘‘We don’t get the whole wall but even so we are thrilled they said yes and Woolworths are paying for it. We will send the designs to Woolworths who will put it onto the steel panels,’’ Ms Willis Burden said.
‘‘It will be fantastic and will remind us of where we have come from. The first panel will start with the original people, the Kuku Yalanji people, and the next one will be the settlers, the cedar cutters.’’
The Kuku Yalanji in the rainforest panel will be designed by Yalanji Arts, then there will be the cedar cutters, early European settler farmers with horse drawn vehicles, the Mill and sugarcane, including steam trains and handcutting and finally the Old Mossman town leading to Mossman Gorge.
‘‘It will be a good tourism initiative, good for tourists to see what the place used to look like and how it has progressed,’’ Ms Willis Burden said.
‘‘ Hopefully now we have Woolworths onboard, we might be able to do more on any vacant wall if people are interested.’’
The artists met with the society yesterday to start planning and there will be a workshop next Wednesday, with the project to be submitted by October 27. This is a different concept forDAB who are relishing the challenge. The design team are Jeanette Yarr, Carole Edelberg, Deirdre Whiteley, Pat Lane, Robyn Kendall and Ellen Terrell, headed by president Alison Gotts. The Yalanji Arts members are Cheryl, Kirsty and Vanessa headed by co-ordinator Jeannie Heinartz.